EXPERTS ADDRESS OPPORTUNITIES TO BOOST CLIMATE
RESILIENCE, CELEBRATE SUCCESSES AND DISCUSS
LESSONS LEARNED AT CLIMATE CHANGE:
RESPONSE AND RESILIENCE LEADERSHIP FORUM

We hosted government and business leaders along with scientific and environmental experts to discuss the impact of climate change on the natural disasters that devastate American communities at the Climate Change: Response and Resilience Leadership Forum at Columbia University in New York City on November 20, 2019.  

Communities throughout the United States suffer from the damaging and sometimes devastating effects of tornadoes, floods, droughts and other natural disasters. Additionally, this is the fourth consecutive year that the Atlantic hurricane season has delivered an above-average number of storms and the fifth consecutive year that a storm has formed before the official start of the season.

Sponsored by RenaissanceRe, the forum was the 14th in a series of award-winning events aimed at developing risk mitigation techniques to safeguard communities and supporting efforts that reduce economic turmoil following disasters. In conjunction with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, the Climate Change: Response and Resilience Leadership Forum featured 30 expert speakers who explored how policymakers and government agencies can better protect communities facing extreme weather events.

“There is no doubt that climate change is making extreme weather events more frequent and more severe. Communities across America and the world are increasingly exposed to climate-related risks including floods, hurricanes and wildfires,” said Stephen Weinstein, group general counsel of RenaissanceRe and chairman of the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation. “We are pleased so many thought leaders gathered together to tackle these urgent issues and improve our nation’s response to these destructive events. Through collaboration and innovation, we can work together to enhance the physical and financial resilience of households, businesses and governments in even the most high-risk regions.”

Experts gathered for the Climate Change: Response and Resilience Leadership Forum at Columbia University in New York City on November 20, 2019 included, Back row from left to right: David I. Maurstad, FEMA, Dail Rowe, WeatherPredict Consulting Inc., Craig Tillman, WeatherPredict Consulting Inc., Stephen Weinstein, RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation, RJ Lehmann, R Street, Arlene Fiore, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Daniel Dietch, Mayor, Town of Surfside, Adam Sobel, Columbia University, Robert Field, Columbia University, Sean Solomon, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Front row from left to right: Peter Sousounis, AIR, Michael Cohen, RenaissanceRe, Jessie Ritter, National Wildlife Federation, Chia-Ying Lee, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Beth Dwyer, Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, Roy Wright, Insurance Institute for Business & Homes Safety, John Huff, Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers

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"The Best Way to Slow Global Warming? You Decide in This Climate Simulator", by Eric Roston and Paul Murray, Bloomberg Green – April 22, 2020
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"What Covid Is Exposing About the Climate Movement", by Michael Grunwald, POLITICO – April 21, 2020
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"Habitat for Humanity continues to build homes while also providing resources to other area nonprofits", by Carly Kempler, NBC 29.com – April 21, 2020
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"EPA finalizes Trump administration rollbacks on stream and wetland protections", by Anagha Srikanth, The Hill – April 21, 2020
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"NRDC, Coalition Ask Court to Block EPA's Dirty Energy Plan", Natural Resources Defense Council – April 17, 2020
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"Forced COVID-19 payments could "bankrupt" industry: Chubb CEO", by Matt Sheehan, Reinsurance News – April 17, 2020
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"FEMA faces multi-front battle on COVID-19 as hurricane season nears", by Matthew Vann, ABC News – April 16, 2020
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"Rising Sea Levels Could Double Extreme Flooding Events on Coastline, Report States", by Don Jergler, Insurance Journal – April 16, 2020
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"Over A Third Of Americans Could Be Hit By Coronavirus And Flooding At The Same Time", by Eric Mack, Forbes – April 14, 2020
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"Coronavirus could create 'compound disaster' in Florida as hurricane season looms", by David Smiley, Alex Daugherty, and David Goodhue, Miami Herald – April 10, 2020
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"Cities Widely Ignore Federal Flood Protection Rules, With Few Penalties", by Christoper Flavelle and John Schwartz, New York Times – April 9, 2020
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"Insurers can't cover the cost of the pandemic shutdown – and shouldn't be asked to", by Megan McArdle, The Washington Post – April 9, 2020
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"Insurers Can't Cover Everything", by Spike Lipkin, Wall Street Journal – April 9, 2020
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"A green solution to an aging stormwater system", by Frances Stead Sellers, Washington Post – April 9, 2020
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"Already Braced for Covid-19, Towns Watch the Rising Mississippi With Fear", by Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg – April 4, 2020
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"A Rising Tide Lifts All Damage Costs: The Need for a Federal Flood Protection Standard", by Joel Scata, ABA Natural Resources & Environment – April 1, 2020
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